Lawsuit fights display of Ten Commandments in Okla.

By Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press
The executive director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking removal of a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City.

From the September 2013 Report from the Capital

Update: Anti-Sharia laws across the country

By Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service, with BJC staff reports
A federal judge has struck down Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment that would have prohibited judges in the state from considering Sharia law.

From the September 2013 Report from the Capital

Public schools are not religion-free zones

By J. Brent Walker, BJC Executive Director
The start of a new school year provides an opportunity to review the many ways religion can properly be exercised, studied and otherwise included on public school campuses in ways that naturally arise in our very religious — and religiously diverse — country, while keeping school officials out of the business of promoting a particular religion or even religion in general.

From the September 2013 Report from the Capital

Ethicist Shaun Casey to oversee religious engagement for U.S. State Department

By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service
Amid persistent criticism that the U.S. marginalizes religion and religious people in its foreign policy, Secretary of State John Kerry tapped ethicist and campaign adviser Shaun Casey Aug. 7 to lead the State Department’s new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives.

From the September 2013 Report from the Capital